Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) Cloud Computing Arm Unveils Marketplace Alliance Program

Alibaba’s Aliyun establishes MAP to boost its cloud computing services worldwide

Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.’s (NYSE:BABA) cloud computing division, Aliyun Computing Co. Ltd, announced Sunday; the unveiling of Marketplace Alliance Program (MAP), to boost its public cloud computing operating globally, and also to offer corporations the use of its full suite cloud computing offerings, and global partners, respectively.

MAP is a worldwide partnership program that allows a company to localize its hybrid and cloud computing offering in different countries, in order to cater to the needs of worldwide developers.

Aliyun strives to improve its networking efficiency, decrease infrastructure cost, increase savings, improve cloud solutions, and offers hybrid cloud offerings to users in education, energy, entertainment, finance, gaming, healthcare, and the Internet.

Aliyun’s initial MAP partners are one of the renowned technology companies around the globe, such as Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Equinix Inc. (NASDAQ:EQIX), PCCW Ltd (ADR) (OTCMKTS:PCCWY), Towngas, LINKBYNET, Singtel, and Meraas Holdings.

“The new Aliyun program is designed to bring our customers the best cloud computing solutions, by partnering with some of the most respected technology brands in the world. We will continue to bring more partners online to grow our cloud computing ecosystem,” said Ethan Sicheng YU, Vice President at Aliyun.

Intel Cloud Service Provider Business GM, Raejeanne Skillern, said that Alibaba and Intel have been partners for years, striving to improve software and hardware technology, for the e-commerce giant’s unique workloads, across the data centers. As a partner in Aliyun’s MAP, the chipmaker intends to continue its collaboration with Aliyun, to promote joint cloud computing solutions that are supported on Intel Architecture; exclusively made for the fast-growing international public cloud market.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), global spending on public cloud and private cloud IT infrastructure will soar 25% to $21 billion and 16% to $12 billion this year, respectively, which shows overall cloud spending growth of 28%, compared to last year, in 2015.

Last week, Aliyun entered into an agreement with Equinix, to offer cloud services to Chinese and North American businesses. Chris Sharp, VP Cloud Innovation, at Equinix, expressed his views on the deal. He said: “By joining MAP and offering access to its cloud services on Cloud Exchange, we are one step closer to fulfilling this goal, enabling our multi-national customers [with] the ability to expand their cloud-based applications across Asia, in a secure, direct manner.”

Aliyun has data centers in Silicon Valley, Dubai, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, and Beijing. The company had over 1.4 million direct and indirect customers, as of June 30, 2014, through independent service providers.

Aliyun produces sophisticated networking solutions, and big-data intelligence services and products, to cater small and medium enterprises, while encouraging the cloud services adoption, among large companies.

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